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Top Executives

C. G. Kum
President and CEO

Mr. Kum is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hanmi and Hanmi Bank (June 2013 to present). Prior to his current role, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of First California Financial Group and its subsidiary First California Bank (September 1999 to May 2013), on the boards of First California Financial Group and First California Bank and as President of the board of directors of Community Bankers of California. He currently is a member of the board of directors of the California Bankers Association and has served on numerous boards of nonprofit organizations, including the United Way and Boys Scouts of America of Ventura County. Mr. Kum earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.B.A. degree from Pepperdine University.

Bonita I. Lee
Senior Executive Vice President and COO
Ms. Lee has served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hanmi and Hanmi Bank since August 2013. She was most recently the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of BBCN Bank and BBCN Bancorp, Inc., where she was named Acting President and Chief Operating Officer from February 2013 to April 2013 and led an Executive Council carrying out the duties of the Chief Executive Officer during a management transition period at BBCN Bank. Prior to this, Ms. Lee served as director and Regional President of the Western Region for Shinhan Bank America from September 2008 to March 2009. Prior to joining Shinhan Bank America, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Nara Bank from April 2005 to September 2008, and as a Member of the Office of the President from March 2006 to September 2008. Ms. Lee also served Nara Bank as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer from November 2003 to April 2005, Senior Vice President and Credit Administrator from February 2000 to October 2003 and Vice President and Credit Administrator from 1993 to 2000. Prior to joining Nara Bank, Ms. Lee held various lending positions with the former California Center Bank in Los Angeles from 1989 to 1993.
Romolo C. Santarosa
Senior Executive Vice President and CFO
Mr. Santarosa has served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hanmi and Hanmi Bank since November 2015 and brings more than 26 years of experience in banking and financial services. Over his career, he has been responsible for leading and directing growth strategies, cost reduction and process improvement initiatives, technology implementations and capital management. Most recently, since June 2013, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Opus Bank, where he was responsible for operational and support functions. Prior to this, Mr. Santarosa served as the Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at First California Financial Group, Inc. and its bank subsidiary, First California Bank (November 2002 to May 2013). Before 2002, Mr. Santarosa served in leadership positions with several financial institutions and was an Audit Senior Manager with Price Waterhouse. Mr. Santarosa earned his B.S. degree in accounting and a minor in mathematics from Ithaca College.

Board of Directors

Joseph K. Rho
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Rho is retired and the current and former Chairman of the Boards of Hanmi and Hanmi Bank (2007 to present; 1999 to 2002). Prior to his current roles, he served as a Principal at J & S Investment (2002 to 2010), Partner at Korea Plaza LP (1987 to 2002), President and Owner of Joseph K. Rho Insurance Agency, board member of Finance Counsel of the Los Angeles Archdiocese and trustee of John of God Hospital. Mr. Rho received his bachelor’s degree from the College of Commerce, Seoul National University in South Korea.
John J. Ahn
Vice Chairman of the Board
Mr. Ahn brings more than 27 years of experience in capital markets and financial advisory services to Hanmi. He is currently the President of Great American Capital Partners, LLC (GACP), an SEC Registered Investment Advisor that originates and underwrites senior secured loans across a wide array of industries. GACP is a wholly owned subsidiary of B. Riley Financial, Inc., a publicly traded, diversified financial services company. Prior to his role at GACP, Mr. Ahn served as President of another B. Riley Financial Inc. subsidiary, B. Riley & Co., a full-service investment banking firm that provides corporate finance, research, sales and trading services, and asset management to corporate and institutional clients. Prior to joining B. Riley, Mr. Ahn held numerous leadership positions in the investment banking and sales and trading sectors. Mr. Ahn earned his B.A. degree in economics from Williams College.
Christie K. Chu
Ms. Chu currently serves as the President and CEO of CKC Accountancy Corporation, a tax, management and financial consulting firm. Ms. Chu brings 29 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, having served as a Supervising Audit Senior at KPMG, a Tax Senior Advisor at Ernst & Young, LLP, and a Staff Tax Accountant at Arthur Anderson & Co. She also served as a past President of the Korean American CPA Society of Southern California, where she has been a board member since 2004. She is currently the Treasurer of the national Korean American Society of CPAs. Ms. Chu earned her B.A. degree in business and economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Harry H. Chung
Mr. Chung brings nearly 25 years of experience in capital markets and financial services. He currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Great American Capital Partners, LLC. Prior to that role, Mr. Chung served as Chief Financial Officer of Breakwater Investment Management, a private investment firm based in Los Angeles, California specializing in direct debt and equity investments in leading lower middle market growth companies. Mr. Chung has also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Imperial Capital, a full-service investment bank offering comprehensive services to institutional investors and middle market companies, and held numerous other leadership positions at Jefferies and Company, Inc., a global investment bank. Mr. Chung earned his B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
C. G. Kum

Mr. Kum is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hanmi and Hanmi Bank (June 2013 to present). Prior to his current role, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of First California Financial Group and its subsidiary First California Bank (September 1999 to May 2013), on the boards of First California Financial Group and First California Bank and as President of the board of directors of Community Bankers of California. He currently is a member of the board of directors of the California Bankers Association and has served on numerous boards of nonprofit organizations, including the United Way and Boys Scouts of America of Ventura County. Mr. Kum earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.B.A. degree from Pepperdine University.

David L. Rosenblum
Mr. Rosenblum is retired and a former Senior Principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP (1979 to 2013), where he was the National Managing Director of Consulting Corporate Development and a key leader of the Strategy & Operations practice. Mr. Rosenblum currently serves as President of the Southern California Chapter of NACD, as a member of the board of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, and as an advisor to a Los Angeles based private equity firm. Prior to his current roles, he served on the board of Deloitte Consulting LLP, was the Vice Chair of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles board, and was a member of the Wesleyan University board of trustees. Mr. Rosenblum earned his B.A. degree in economics from Wesleyan University and his M.B.A. degree in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Thomas J. Williams
Mr. Williams brings more than 30 years of experience in the bank regulatory and banking industry. Specifically, Mr. Williams brings extensive experience across a broad range of risk and lending activities. Prior to his retirement in May 2015, Mr. Williams served as Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer at BofI Federal Bank, overseeing all risk and control-related functions. Before that role, he served as Executive Director of Commercial Credit Review at Capital One and Director of Regulatory Relations at Silicon Valley Bank. Earlier in his career, Mr. Williams spent five years as Principal Examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and ten years as a National Bank Examiner with the OCC. Mr. Williams earned his B.S. degree in economics from the University of South Dakota.
Michael M. Yang
Mr. Yang brings more than 30 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and corporate executive. He currently is the Founder and CEO of MSY LLC, a private investment company with holdings in real estate and equities. Prior to his current role, Mr. Yang was Co-Founder and CEO of three technology start-ups that were sold to larger enterprises at significant premiums, including mySimon, Inc., which was acquired by CNET. Mr. Yang began his career at Xerox Corporation and Samsung Electronics, Co. Ltd., where he held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, marketing and corporate development. Mr. Yang earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, his M.S. degree in computer science from Columbia University and his M.B.A. degree from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
Kiho Choi
Scott R. Diehl